August 2009

Beginning Sunday, October 4, CBC Television’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES will open the doors to historic Maple Leaf Gardens for the first time to former world class female figure skaters and NHL players in a fierce pairs competition of athleticism, drama and intrigue.

Hosts Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning will welcome a live studio audience and viewers from across the country to the legendary ice surface for this seven-week ground breaking event.  Information on obtaining tickets will be available shortly.

In addition to the announced venue, former Conn Smythe trophy winner and agitator Claude Lemieux has signed on to compete in BATTE OF THE BLADES. Over the course of his 20-year career Lemieux played for Montreal, New Jersey, Colorado, Phoenix, Dallas and San Jose collecting 786 points and 1,777 penalty minutes. The Buckingham, Que. native replaces Sean Burke who was unable to participate due to professional obligations.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television.

10:00pm – Thursday, August 20 on CTV

Toby (Craig Olejnik) is called as a witness in the murder trial of Leslie Cahill (guest star Brittany Allen, ALL MY CHILDREN), a young singer allegedly shot by her overbearing producer Peter Gavin (guest star Tim Rozon, INSTANT STAR). Having broken EMS protocol by bashing down the door before the police have arrived, the defense is trying to destroy Toby’s credibility.

9:00pm – Thursday, August 20 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. on MT on ACCESS

To help Bailey (Chandra Wilson) become the best general surgeon at Seattle Grace, the Chief (James Pickens, Jr.) gives her new power, new responsibility, and the challenge of removing a young girl’s inoperable tumor, as the new head of trauma, Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), challenges both the attending doctor’s methods and the residents’ surgical abilities.

Airs Thursday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

By the fall of 1942, in the midst of the Second World War, German U-boats (military submarines) had penetrated deep up the St. Lawrence River, sinking 21 ships and killing more than 250 people. Germany achieved its goal: to shut down the St. Lawrence River to Canadian convoys on their way to Great Britain. The worst fear of people living along the river was a German invasion of Canada. The Spies Who Came from the Sea tells the untold story of the few Germans who did land on our shores—spies secreted off U-boats in the dead of night. With exclusive interviews with German survivors and a chambermaid who unmasked a spy, the filmmakers reveal a dramatic story—and a secret that was kept for more than 35 years.

Airs Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC-TV

The mighty mall, once the cornerstone of North America’s landscape and lifestyle, has not weathered well under the global recession. Many malls are empty, consumer confidence is at an all time low and people are simply spending less time and money buying things. How can consumers be lured back into the mall? Malls R Us follows mall developer Rubin Stall as he prepares to launch a new “green mall” in Montreal. Can he succeed where many others have failed?

While malls languish in the Western hemisphere, mega-mall developers are attempting to export the once successful model to emerging economies in Asia, with decidedly mixed results. Malls R Us travels to the mammoth malls of Dubai, where international shoppers enjoy all the luxuries that a world-class shopping mall has to offer and then to India, where the development of large shopping malls has hurt the traditional family business economy that is the backbone of the country’s middle class. Thousands of small businesses have been padlocked and demolished before the owners’ eyes, inciting the first anti-mall riot in history.  The documentary also explores the threat of the mall development to India’s fragile ecosystem and how a new mall threatens a pristine water source in Delhi.

Malls R Us also looks at the psychological enticements the mall offers and the design techniques that mix consumerism with nature and spectacle.  The documentary probes how our social values are affected by the mass shopping experience and ultimately how that transforms communities, and inevitably, human interaction.

10:00pm – Wednesday, August 19 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

A young woman is found trespassing in a family’s home, and Detective Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) is called in to catch the intruder. The trespasser’s wallet leads Stabler to a surprising suspect, his daughter, Kathleen Stabler (Allison Siko). Detective Stabler is shocked to find his daughter has fallen in love with the kind of crowd he spends his days condemning. With his family life at stake, Stabler must decide how far he will go to save Kathleen, even turning to his estranged mother, Bernadette Stabler (Ellen Burstyn), for help.

9:00pm – Wednesday, August 19 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The votes are in and five more acts from the previous night move on to make up the top 20. Those acts will continue their pursuit of the million dollar prize and will be one step closer to becoming the most talented person in America.

8:00pm – Wednesday, August 19 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Richard (Clark Gregg) help Marly (Tricia O’Kelley) and Lindsay (Alex Kapp Horner) through labor, evoking memories of Ritchie’s (Trevor Gagnon) birth – and renewed romantic feelings.

8:00pm – Wednesday, August 19 on CTV

The “Top 200” land in Toronto to face Finals Week, where they will try their hand at choreography by Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown, Jean Marc Genereux and contemporary choreographer Blake McGrath. The dancers endure many late nights and difficult dance moves in hopes of earning a spot in the coveted Top 20.

 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good scandal of any type involving a TV star that doesn’t come from the Gosselin Clan (Jon & Kate Plus 8), but most recently, it’s a Grey’s Anatomy star making the news for a sex scandal which fortunately involved his wife. Eric Dane, who plays McSteamy on Grey’s Anatomy, has clearly been adding a little bit of heat to his romance with wife of 5+ years, Rebecca Gayheart. A new sex tape is circulating the internet which involves the couple naked in bed with former Miss Teen USA (2002) Kari Ann Peniche and while there is no actual sexual activity, they do appear nude, somewhat out of sorts/under the influence, and are discussing what their porn names would be while passing the camera around between them.

What more is there to say really, other than McSteamy, you sure are living up to your alter-ego’s womanizing reputation.